Analysis of Russell Banks' Short Story, Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story

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Stab in the Heart A stab in the heart by one’s own hopes is truly the cruelest way to leave this world. Sadly, that is exactly what happen to Sarah Cole in Russell Banks’ short story entitled, “Sarah Cole: A Type of Love Story.” The man who dated Sarah for a short period of time tells the tale. He calls himself Ron, for Ron could have been him, but he doesn’t want to say who he is for fear of looking cruel. He wants to believe what he did was right when he left her. They both didn’t handle their differences properly. The relationship could have been different if they communicated to each other what the relationship meant to them, if Sarah wasn’t so aggressive, and if Ron could let go of his vanity. All these aspects together …show more content…
For Sarah, the relationship is about raising her social class. Ron wants to end the relationship. Unlike Sarah, this relationship is not the future saw in his future. When he finally gave up trying to make Sarah happy, Ron kills her by killing her hope. She had confused him from the start by not communicating with him and leading him to believe that they were together just for the novelty of the situation. Ron tells this story ten years later, while he tries to figure out if what he did to her was right or wrong. What he did in many ways was the right thing to do. Sarah could only show her emotions through aggression. Sarah intrigued Ron. Despite her looks and social class, he was strangely attracted to her. Ron wanted to understand how someone who had so little could live a happy life. What he learned was that a person will do anything to acquire a better life and will capitalize on any opportunity to obtain that life. Ron had given her that opportunity and she was going to do anything she could to make her dreams become reality. “‘No’ she said firmly. ‘You’re ashamed of being seen with me. You’ll sleep with me, but you won’t go out in public with me’”(14). Of course, Ron wanted her to stop the crazy accusations, so he does as she wants. She wants to show him to all her friends and co-workers, so she can prove that she is pretty enough and, in his eyes, she is a high-quality

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